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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Lucky Brand settles denim laser abrasion dispute 27 July 2015

Lucky Brand Dungarees has become the latest company to reach a settlement and license agreement with laser technology firm RevoLaze over an abrasion technology for denim garments.

Manufacturing in China falls to 15-month low 27 July 2015

Manufacturing in China continued to decline in July, with the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) falling to a 15-month low.

Sympatex names new VP for North America 27 July 2015

Functional textile specialist Sympatex Technologies has named Derek Spingler as its new vice president for North America.

US groups seek "workable apparel provisions" in TPP 23 July 2015

Groups representing US brands, retailers, manufacturers and importers are calling on the country’s government to negotiate “workable apparel provisions” in the trans-Pacific trade agreement being discussed between 12 countries.

Bangladesh workers rally for unpaid wages 23 July 2015

A sit-in protest by more than 1,000 workers at the Swan Garment and Swan Jeans factories in Bangladesh has entered its second week, as they seek payment of several months’ wages and bonuses following the “sudden and illegal closure” of the factories in April.

Malaysia's Penfabric labels products 'Made in Green' 23 July 2015

Malaysian textile firm Penfabric, a subsidiary of Japan’s Toray Industries, has become what is thought to be the first vertically-integrated textile maker to start labelling its products with the Oeko-Tex ‘Made in Green’ traceable product label.

New protective active footwear provisions take effect 22 July 2015

New tariff classifications for protective active footwear that were included in a US bill signed into law last month have now come into effect.

IAF Convention to focus on industry improvement 22 July 2015

The speaker line-up at this year’s International Apparel Federation (IAF) Convention is starting to take shape, with executives from Hugo Boss, Ahlers and McKinsey all set to take part.

Many brands and retailers use outdated size chartsFirst North America size survey to include children 21 July 2015

The first body size and measurement survey across both the United States and Canada is about to get underway to help retailers and brands improve their current sizing strategies and gain new insight into the changing body shapes of children.

Supply chain risk is one of the greatest external challenges for businessesSupply chain risk a top challenge for business 21 July 2015

Supply chain risks might not have changed much in the past ten years – but as companies expand their global sourcing they are more exposed to a number of challenges, from fluctuations in currency and exchange rates, to volatile oil prices, regulatory change, geo-political issues and supply chain fraud.

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